31 Oct 2006
A Classical Education
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
BY FRED KIRSHNIT [NY Sun, 31 October 2006]
In November 1954, the young Leonard Bernstein appeared on the program "Omnibus" standing on a gigantic score of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. He began the program by pointing to the opening four notes with his shoe.